Long before he opened Westcoast Piercing and Ink, professional piercer Kelly began to reconsider his own body’s potential as a template for artistic self-expression. As a pre-teen during punk rock’s heyday in the early 80s, he became fascinated with big chains, spiked bracelets, and large rings—pretty much anything that would showcase his style and increase his radio signal. The scene’s do-it-yourself ethic often led his friends to experiment with unsanitary piercing methods, but Kelly thankfully knew better and decided to take the true D.I.Y. route: he became a certified piercer himself and opened Westcoast Piercing Guy.
Today, years after his initial stroke of inspiration, Kelly operates out of a health-board approved studio that has been given the seal of approval from the local medical community and clients alike. He continues to outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; only now he works alongside a band of piercers and tattoo artists who decorate skin with everything from colorful custom sleeves to blank crossword puzzles that help clients pass the time during morning commutes.
Kucumber Skin Lounge's physician-supervised staff enhances earthly edifices with hair removal sessions performed with lasers or customized wax, Botox injections, and cutting-edge anti-aging treatments such as photofacials and chemical peels. Tattoo-removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare. Other body beautifiers include sunless tanning and specialized cosmetic treatments.
The technologies at Sol Wellness Studios have evolved since the holistic health and beauty centre opened its doors in 1998, but the goal of the staff remains the same: to help clients look and feel their best. The front desk resembles a sylvan general store, with wooden furniture, eggplant-coloured walls, and ivy winding along the ceiling. Inside the facility, the staff members administer vitamin-D tests to reveal nutritional deficiencies, and they prescribe nutritional supplements for general health and weight loss. Physicians oversee aesthetic treatments such as Botox, and noninvasive Yolo Curve lasers contour bodies for a silhouette that’s smoother than a Barry White record dripping with butter. Clients can add the finishing touches to their look with a custom spray tan or teeth whitening.
Spa Utopia’s services range from those of a salon to those of a med-spa, recognizing the connection between medical and more purely aesthetic issues. Facials can purify skin or minimize signs of aging, and they also calm rosacea outbreaks. A LightSheer Diode system combats unwanted stubble during laser hair-removal sessions, and beams from a Fox Diode system attack toenail fungus. Massage therapists use styles ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue, and they’re glad to combine modalities to target unique troubles such as lower back pain or shoulders that won’t stop shimmying.
Clients can concentrate attention on an array of beauty and body needs by booking a couples room or VIP suite for an afternoon of private treatments. Even the public areas of the spa evince a strong taste for luxury—clients walking in are greeted by a marble-topped reception desk and a giant, faux-stone archway engraved with the spa’s name before passing between polished pillars leading to a grand fountain.
As its name makes clear, Azure Skin Care: Spa + Medical is a hybrid of a spa and a medical aesthetics center, which means it delivers clinical-quality results while still paying attention to each client’s actual experience. The staff performs facials, waxing, and massage, and the clinic’s board-certified doctors supervise treatments that are more medical in nature, such as Botox injections. Distinguished by white tiles, neutral hues, and floral accents, the spa is as relaxing as a hammock tied between two classical violinists.